Katie D’Aunno: Katie joined the lab in 2013 as a research coordinator. Before joining the lab, she received a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago in Psychology. At Loyola, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience lab working on an Aging study using EEG and the Activity Matters lab where she completed an Honor’s thesis studying BMI and negative body image in friendship networks among low-income ethnic minority girls. Katie is currently working as a coordinator on the RISE study.
Bruni Hirsch, MSPH: Bruni joined the Maki Lab in 2012 as a research coordinator. Prior to joining the lab, she received a B.A. in International Relations, Community Health and German Studies from Tufts University in 2008. Bruni went on to receive a Master of Science in Public Health: Health and Society from the Berlin School of Public Health. Later on, Bruni gained research experience at the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Center for Pain Studies. Bruni is currently involved in the lab’s HIV and perinatal mental health research. Bruni is also taking courses to become a registered nurse and eventually an advanced practice nurse.
Jessica Oakley: Jessica joined the lab in 2013 as a research coordinator. Prior to joining the Maki Lab, she received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Jessica was an undergraduate research assistant and lab manager at the Cognition and Aging Lab at U of M, working primarily on a cognitive genetics project, which examined the correlation between an acetylcholine transporter mutation and attentional difficulties. After graduation, Jessica joined the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, where she contributed to a variety of studies of pediatric mood disorders. In the Maki lab, Jessica is currently involved in the lab management, HIV and RISE studies.
Lacey Wisslead: Lacey joined the Maki Lab in 2010 as an undergraduate research assistant. During that time, she completed her Honor’s Capstone project entitled, “Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use on Heart Rate Variability during Laboratory-Induced Stress.” In 2012, she received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and her role shifted to a full-time research coordinator in the Maki Lab. Lacey is currently involved with the RISE study as well as the lab’s perinatal mental health research.